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Festival Stop Motion Montréal Reveals Short Film Selection and Poster

The 13th edition returns primarily online, September 10-19, with some in-person workshops; 93 films from 31 countries have been selected for this year’s short film competition.

Festival Stop Motion Montréal returns for a 13th edition, taking place almost entirely online from September 10-19, 2021. The 2021 programming will be available worldwide via the Cinéma Public website, a Montréal-based streaming platform. The poster for this year’s edition was created by Italian stop-motion artist Gianluca Maruotti.

2021 Program

Object and puppet animation will be featured covering every genre including comedy; drama; poetry; political cinema; musicals; as well as a special program focusing on documentaries. In addition to the regular programming, there will be a short film screening for younger audiences and families, as well as an adult screening featuring quirkier, bolder content.

Overall, 93 films from 31 countries have been selected among 300 submissions. They include the comedy Waiting for Harold, produced, and directed by Oscar-winning German filmmakers Christoph & Wolfgang Lauenstein, and the family film A Stone in the Shoe by Éric Montchaud (award winner of Festival Stop Motion Montréal 2014), which screened at the recent Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

The selection also includes several Quebec films:

- I, Barnabé (NFB) by Jean-François Lévesque - The short film follows the spiritual quest of a priest meeting a strange rooster.

- Quick Fix by Alexandra Lemay - A comedy about the impossible love between a single-use coffee cup and its user, a nod to the way we quickly consume objects and relationships.

- Monsieur Sachet by Mathieu Girard - Part of the adult program the film features a retired clown confined in his apartment, bored, hungry, and looking to satisfy his various appetites, including some visceral impulses.

The full line-up of short films in competition is available here.

Special Events and Workshops

A discussion on the making of Indigenous projects will take place online. Free complementary content such as meeting with the filmmakers will be offered on the festival’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Some professional workshops will return in person this year. Participants will have the opportunity to develop their stop-motion animation skills and techniques straight from the experts on site in Montréal. International artists from around the world who cannot attend the in-person workshops will be able to sign up for online workshops.

Source: Festival Stop Motion Montréal